Center for Environmental Genetics Awards Grants
Published June 2007
The Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) at UC has named recipients of this year’s Pilot Project Grant awards program. The center awarded a total of $85,000 for research grants for projects centered on the gene-environment interaction. Charles Vorhees, MD, department of pediatrics, will study the genetic susceptibility to polychlorinated biphenyl-induced developmental neurotoxicity. Krista Medina, PhD, department of psychology, will look at the interaction between catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype and nicotine exposure on neurocognition in young adults. Scott Wesselkamper, PhD, department of environmental health, will investigate the immunogenetic factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) susceptibility. Dennis McGraw, PhD, department of internal medicine, will research epigenetic dysregulation of airway epithelial cell gene expression in the pathogenesis of smoking-induced COPD.
Each year, the center provides seed grants to support new initiatives in basic research to attract investigators to research in environmental health sciences and enable center members to use facilities and services cores that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The center is funded by National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.